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We listen to new music every week, but finding out what’s new isn’t always easy. Below is a list of our favorite new albums and single that dropped this week so you can keep your head bobbing all through your commute and drum on your desk to the dismay of all your co-workers. Here are the best releases for the fourth week of November 2014.

New Albums for November 25, 2014

Echo of Miles

Soundgarden

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Formed in Seattle in the 80s during the grunge era, Soundgarden has sustained its sound throughout the 90s. A new album in 2011 marked a successful return, and Echo of Miles gives fans a chance to hear rare and unreleased songs.

Reclassified

Iggy Azalea

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Iggy made her way onto the charts with The New Classic earlier this year. She’s already back with a new set of songs that are included in this reissue, including Beg For It, which is already in heavy rotation on the radio.

Blue Planet Eyes

Preatures

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The Preatures hail from Australia, but there’s a strong flavor of 80s and 90s American acts always just below the surface of their sound. It works great, a modern twist added with nostalgia-laced tunes.

The London Sessions

Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige has been making groundbreaking R&B music since the late 80s. Now on her 13th record, she’s out to prove she hasn’t lost her voice or her impact and has produced one of her best records in recent memory.

Shady XV

Various Artists

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Eminem is out to prove that Detroit has a lot to offer by way of music. The city is packed with talent, which shines through on this compilation, which calls upon features from Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, D12, Big Sean, and Em himself.

Veneer

September Girls

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Dublin’s September Girls showed up with a power pop prowess and a surf rock sensibility. On their latest EP, they explore a deeper, darker wave of sound, splashing over their melodies with stronger guitar riffs and rolling drums.

The Veronicas

The Veronicas

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The sister duo of Lisa and Jessica Origliasso are good at just about everything. They have their own line of clothing and their a successful pop duo, now with a new album packed with exciting, poppy hits that come effortlessly.

Hood Billionaire

Rick Ross

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Rick Ross is always happy to retell his rags to riches story, and Hood Billionaire is the ultimate celebration of his status, rife with heavy bass, banging drums, and tons of features including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Big KRIT.

Foulbrood

Two Inch Astronaut

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The sophomore record of this Maryland duo avoids the usual slump and creates a new collection of tracks that tackle heavy subjects and troubled feelings without feeling angsty. It just captures human emotion in drums and guitars.

New Singles

Coming Home

T-Pain

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After dropping the autotune, T-Pain showed a new side to himself and to his music. He continues down his path of shaking the autotune stigma on Coming Home, a poppy song with rock elements and catchy melodies.

Motherfucker

Faith No More

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Faith No More is back to work, putting together their seventh studio album — and first since 1998. The alt-metal group’s new work is produced by bassist Bill Gould and judging by name alone, they aren’t holding anything back.

Breaking Up

Charli XCX

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At this rate, Charli XCX will have leaked her whole album before it’s out. Breaking Up is the latest of the tracks off the upcoming Sucker to hit the web and it features a punky sound and a great chorus.

Drum + Fife

Smashing Pumpkins

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We’re getting closer to the new Smashing Pumpkins record, and Billy Corgan keeps teasing with new singles. The latest is Drum + Fife, features, as one would imagine, drum and fife – with drums provided by Tommy Lee.

Spark the Fire

Gwen Stefani

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The latest release from Gwen Stefani features production from Pharrell and feels like shades of Hollaback Girl. It’s a track that gets Gwen back to where she’s best: Being fiery, aggressive, and sounding unstoppable.

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Band Aid 30

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The charity supergroup is back, this time to raise money and awareness in response to the ebola outbreak. This iteration features British standouts One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, and more.

Next page: Hot new albums and singles from the third week of November 2014.

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